a matter of

Definition of a matter of

  1. 1 —used to refer to a small amount <It cooks in a matter of (a few) minutes.> <The crisis was resolved in a matter of a few hours.> <The ball was foul by a matter of inches.>

  2. 2 —used to say that one thing results from or requires another <Learning to ride a bicycle is a matter of practice.> <His success was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.> <It's only a matter of time before/until we catch him.>

  3. 3 —used to explain the reason for something <She insists on honesty as a matter of principle.> <All requests for free tickets are turned down as a matter of policy.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a subject under consideration

    :  a subject of disagreement or litigation

    :  the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. :  to form or discharge pus :  suppurate

    :  to be of importance :  signify

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